Quid Pro Quo: What the Romans Really Gave the English Language

By Peter Jones


In this original and entertaining book, Peter Jones takes the reader on a fascinating journey along the highways and byways of Roman life and culture, telling the amazing stories behind the ancient roots of the English language.

From germs and bullets to custard and tinsel, Quid Pro Quo traces the often surprising origins of hundreds of everyday words and reveals the important role Latin has played in the creation of our vast English vocabulary.

Taking in every aspect of the ancient world, including science, medicine, religion, military matters, politics, literature and everyday life, Jones shows just how much English owes to the ancient Romans, and why we really should all still be learning Latin.

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